FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Regional Consultation Transformative pathways for Rural Advisory Services in the Near East and North Africa (NENA)

FAO is organizing a regional consultation to share knowledge and initiate a dialogue on pathways for advancing Rural Advisory Services (RAS) from a policy and programming perspective at regional and country level. The specific objectives of the meeting are:  

  • Share the findings of the regional study to inform stakeholder debate and foster exchange across countries in the NENA region; 
  • Engage policy makers and relevant stakeholders in a debate on leveraging pluralism, inclusivity and market-orientation in service provision towards enhanced smallholder livelihoods; 
  • Discuss the establishment of an Arab Forum for Rural Advisory Services to promote regional networking and cooperation for advancing rural advisory services in Arab Countries. 

The event will take place online on 29 and 30 June 2022 from 10:00 am to 13:10 Cairo Time (GMT+2). The event will alternate technical presentations, moderated panel discussions, Q&A, and open debates. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in Arabic, English and French.

Provisional Agenda

Transformative pathways for Rural Advisory Services in the Near East and North Africa (NENA)

Day 1: 29 June 2022          10:00-13:10 (GMT+2)      On- line on Zoom 

Time

  

09:50 – 10:00

 

Zoom platform open and participants’ log-in

10:00 - 10:15

Opening and introduction

 

       Welcome remarks and setting the scene

10:15 - 11:20

 

Rural advisory services for inclusive rural transformation 

       Status of rural advisory services in the NENA Region from a pluralistic and market-oriented perspective: insights from a regional study

       Reflections from country experiences

      Open discussion

11.20 - 11:35

Break 

11:35 - 13:00

 

Pathways to transform rural advisory services in the Near East and North Africa 

        Multi-stakeholder panel

        Perspectives from regional organizations and feedback from stakeholders

       Open discussion

13:00 -13:10

Closing remarks for day 1 

Transformative pathways for Rural Advisory Services in the Near East and North Africa (NENA)

Day 2: 30 June 2022 - 10:00 -13:10 (GMT+2) On- line on Zoom 

Time

Details 

09:50 - 10:00

Zoom platform open and participants’ log-in

 

10:00 - 10:10

 

Opening and re-cap of key messages from day 1

 

10:10 – 11:35

Global, regional and country networks for enhancing the performance of Rural Advisory Services 

        The Global Forum for Rural Advisory Services (GFRAS)

        Learning from the experience of GFRAS regional fora

       Regional networking and cooperation on rural advisory services: why it matters for NENA

       Open discussion

 

11:35 - 11:50

Break 

11:50 - 13:00

 

Envisioning Arab Forum for Rural Advisory Services (AFRAS) 

       Proposed vision for Arab Forum for Rural Advisory Services

        Open discussion

       Prospective steps and roadmap for AFRAS, moderated plenary debate

13:00 - 13:10

Closing remarks and way forward